In the News

August 2017

Reed Pedersen ’13 talked about how his experiences at Wartburg led him to the seminary in a story in the Geneseo Republic

July 2017

Helen "Mickey" Baetke Rizzi ’46 was awarded the Wisconsin Hero Award for her decades of work helping those with hearing impairments, according to the Eau Claire Leader-Telegraph

The Rev. Jeremy Pedersen ’06 talked about his work as chaplain in the Minnesota Army National Guard with the Echo Press

Abhay Nadipuram ’10 joined the Davis Brown Law Firm in Des Moines, as reported by the Waterloo Cedar Fall Courier

Students from the Minnesota School of Environmental Studies canoed the Cedar River, visited Wartburg and other Northeast Iowa colleges, and met with Wartburg professor David McCullough as part of a summer course for their magnet school, according to the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier

Tammy Jo Anderson Taft ’05 spoke about flying a drone for Advanced Engineering and Environmental Service during Drone Biz, a monthly meeting of leaders in the unmanned aircraft industry, as reported by the Grand Forks Herald

Matt Sacia ’19 was nominated for the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team, which recognizes student-athletes who achieve on the field , in the classroom, and in the community, as reported by the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier

June 2017

Aaron ’01 and Crystal Heins ’03 Buzza are leaving Waterloo for Macon, Ga. Aaron has accepted a job at VISIT Macon, the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reported. 

Alex Olson ’07 was named principal of Fairview Elementary in Spencer, Iowa, as reported by the Spencer Daily News and again here

Krystal Graves ’16 has found a following for her food truck, which serves up Filipino American cuisine in the Cedar Valley, as reported by the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier

Jim Gosnell, director of the Knightliters Jazz Band, was named grand marshal of the Sturgis Falls Parade, as reported by the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier. 

Marty Thomae ’80, the Benton Community cross country coach, was a finalist for national coach of the year honors, as reported by the Cedar Rapids Gazette

Suzanne Behnke ’97 was named news editor at the Des Moines Business Record

Maria Cortes ’20 talked about the immigration issue in southern Florida and her hope to help others like her, who are pursuing a college education through the DACA program, with Gulfshore Life

KatieJo Kuhens ’07 was elected to serve on the CoSIDA Board of Directors in 2017-18, as reported by CoSIDA.com

The football team defeated the Ancona Dolphins of the Italian Football League in an exhibition match, as reported by American Football International

Amir Matoufiazar ’18, of Iran, read from the Quran as a guest invocation at the Waverly City Council meeting, as reported by the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier

Taylor Gilson ’17 pitched seven shutout innings against St. Louis Washington University just 11 days after surgery for a broken collarbone, as reported by the Cedar Rapids Gazette

May 2017

Justin Kinseth ’13 was named the head track and field coach at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, as reported by Fox 11News

The women's track and field team earned three top 10 finishes as the NCAA Division III outdoor championships, as reported by the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier

Courtney Sowle ’17 earned All-America honors with a seventh-place finish in the women's heptathlon in the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships, as reported by the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier

Sarah Lacina ’06 won CBS's Survivor: Game Changers, as reported by KCCI and the Des Moines Register.

The baseball team beat Washington University but fell to Birmingham Southern in the NCAA Division III Central Regional tournament, as reported by the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier

Wartburg athletes will compete in  12 events at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships, as reported by the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier

The baseball team beat Webster University 3-0 in the first round of regional play, as reported by the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier

The baseball team will face Webster University, coached by Bill Kurich ’99, in the regional opener, as reported by the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier

Baseball coach Joel Holst was named the Ed Thomas Coach of the Week by KGAN/Fox 28

Dan Hanson ’12 was chosen to participate in a summer program that uses the conduct of clergy and religious leaders in Nazi-occupied Europe to reflect on contemporary professional ethics, as reported by the Mason City Globe Gazette.

The baseball team will face Webster in the first round of the NCAA Division III tournament, as reported by the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier

The baseball team won the IIAC championship and earned an automatic bid into the NCAA tournament, as reported by the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier

The women's track and field team won its 18th consecutive conference title, while the men's team earned their first since 2014, as reported by the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier.

Nikki Matthias ’92 earned the West Des Moines School Teacher Golden Apple Award by WHO-TV

The baseball team beat Buena Vista University to move on to the conference tournament finals, as reported by KGAN/Fox 28.  The Cedar Rapids Gazette also featured Eric Willis ’18 in its story about the game. 

Eric Willis ’18 talked about his journey back to Waverly and Wartburg with the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier.

Jacob Thurman ’17 added to his home run record in the baseball team's semifinal win over Coe, as reported by the Cedar Rapids Gazette, KCRG, and Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier.

The baseball team clinched its third consecutive Iowa Conference championship with a win over Dubuque, as reported by the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier.

April 2017

Ashlyn Bagge ’18 talks about her journey toward competetive racing in college with the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier

Duane Schroeder ’58, the college's sports information director from 1958 until his retirement in 2000, was inducted into the CoSIDA Hall of Fame, as reported by CoSIDA.com

The baseball team swept its double header against Buena Vista University and continues to share the top spot in the Iowa Conference, as reported by the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier

The softball team split a double header with Coe, as reported by the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier

Lydia Posselt ’07 was selected as part of an international preaching contest to deliver the sermon at the closing worship of the Lutheran World Federation Assembly in Windhoek, Namibia, as reported by Lutheran World

Katie Leners Johnston ’07 was named principal of North Cedar Elementary, as reported by the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier

KatieJo Kuhens ’07 was featured in "Communicators Outside the Lines," a series produced by the CoSIDA Goodwill & Wellness Committee

Lucy Joseph ’07 started the City Sparkles cheerleading squad, a mix of general education students and students with disabilities, at Iowa City High School, as reported by CBS2

Josh Hauser ’06 honored his mother, who was murdered in 1994, by creating and donating "Becky Baskets" to Horizon's Homicide Survivors program, as reported in the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, Cedar Rapids Gazette, and Des Moines Register

March 2017

Eric Keller was named the d3wrestle.com National Coach of the Year, as reported by the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier.

Ben Bogard '16 talked about his experience working as a video fellow at Buzzfeed and showing his film, The Art of Hope, at the Sundance Film Festival with the Post-Bulletin.

Taylor Anderson ’99 was named the director of the Iowa Hall of Pride effective Aug. 1, as reported by the Des Moines Register.

The results of the men's and women's indoor track and field teams at the NCAA DIII nationals was reported in the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier.

The wrestling team won its 13th nataional title, an NCAA record, and Eric DeVos '18 was crowned as national champion as reported by the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier and Des Moines Register.

The men's basketball team's run in the NCAA Tournament ended with an 80-69 loss to Augustana in the Sweet Sixteen, as reported by the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier.

Wrestler Kyle Fank ’18 talked about making his national tournament debut with the Cedar Rapids Gazette

Wrestler Andrew Steiert ’17 talks injuries and farming with the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier

The wrestling team is considered a favorite for the team title heading into the Division III National Championships, as reported by USA Wrestling

Christopher Smith ’06 is the conductor of the Rock Valley Chapter of the Badger Chordhawks Chorus, a community-based in southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois, according to the GazetteXtra

The men's basketball team defeated the University of Wisconsin-River Falls to earn a spot in the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16, as reported by the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier

The men's basketball team beat Benedictine to advance to the second round of the NCAA Tournament, as reported by the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier

Natalie Anderson ’05 has opened Barefoot Place, specializing in Reiki and reflexology, as reported by the Quad City Times

Katie Sommer ’18 was named MVP and head women's basketball coach Bob Amsberry was named Coach of the Year by the Iowa Conference, as reported by the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier

Coach Bob Amsberry and the women's basketball team are prepping for their first NCAA Tournament game against the University of Chicago, as reported by the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier.

Assistant men's basketball coach Jason Steege recounted the team's season, including its success in the conference championshiop, with the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier.

February 2017

Thad Wilkins ’02 was one of several educators—he's director of choral activities at Mount Vernon High School—the Cedar Rapids Gazette chose to spotlight as part of an ongoing series.

The wrestling team won the central region qualifier and qualified all 10 of its wrestlers for the national championships next month in Wisconsin, as reported by the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier

The women's basketball team earned a conference title and automatic bid to the NCAA tournament, as reported by the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier

The men's basketball team won the conference tournament and earned an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament, as reported by the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier

The men's and women's basketball teams advanced to championship game in the IIAC Tournament, as reported by the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier.

New York Concert Review Inc. reviewed a Carnegie Hall concert conducted by Dr. Lee Nelson which included more than 40 members of Ritterchor.

Maria Munguia Cortes ’20 will use a Wartburg College Service Trip to give back to her community in Immokalee, Fla., as reported by the Naples Daily News

The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier previewed the college's spring sports

Mary Robinson ’72 talked about her work in the church and with immigrants with the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier

The wrestling team secured its 25th consecutive conference title with a 32-0 win over Loras, as reported by the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier

The women's basketball team clinched a share of the Iowa Conference regular-season championship with a 77-54 win over Luther, as reported by the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier

Lee Nelson, Patricia R. Zahn Endowed Chair in Choral Conducting, will conduct a concert at Carnegie Hall on Feb. 19, as reported by the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier.

Britta Monson Fisher ’00 was named to the Denver Business Journal's 40 Under 40

The wrestling team beat No. 2 Augsburg, 20-13, in the annual Battle of the Burgs, as reported by the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier

Lt. Col. Melanie Randal Burja '95 received the 2017 Pleasant Valley Community School District Wall of Honor Award recognizing distinguished alumni, according to the Bettendorf News.

Missy Buttry Rock '05, the first woman in any NCAA division to win three individual cross country titles, was included in a list of 18 exciting moments in women's college sports on NCAA.com.

January 2017

The wrestling team earned its 53rd straight dual win with a 33-6 victory over Coe, as reported by the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier and KGAN.

Bryan Levsen ’17 talks about finishing his biology degree and wrestling season, with the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier

Brittni Lair ’12 has fulfilled her dream of owning a gym, as reported by the Albert Lea Tribune

The wrestling team swept its three opponents during the Iowa Conference Duals in Dubuque, as reported by the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier

The wrestling team took down Nebraska Wesleyan, 48-0, as reported by the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier

Jen Loeb '98 described her Mount Everest ascent during a public event at the Jesup Public Library, as reported by the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier.

The men's basketball team is looking to end its NCAA tournament drought in 2017, as reported by the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier

Angie Widner ’99 was named CEO of the Family YMCA of Black Hawk County, according to the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier. 

Head men's and women's tennis coach Chris Gustas ’11 spoke with the Marion Times aboiut what it took to land his new position at Wartburg. 

The wrestling team took down Luther College 47-3, as reported by the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, KWWL, and KNIA

Sarah Mallen ’16 coached her South Tama Trojans to a four-game winning streak, according to the Tama News-Herald

The wrestling team earned its seventh consecutive NWCA National Duals championship, as reported by the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier

Wrestler Cross Cannone's ’19 win at the NWCA National Duals was featured in the Trumbull Times

Member's of the women's basketball team talked about their chemistry on and off the court with the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier.

Head wrestling coach Eric Keller talked about his team's "remarkable run" at the National Duals with TrackWrestling.com

The wrestling team advanced to the NWCA National Duals Division III semifinals, as reported by the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier

Rich Crawford ’72 talked with the Sioux City Journal about overcoming personal obstacles (he's been blind since he was 10) and finding success in business (he's senior vice president of The Crawford, Holzrichter & Morrison Group Private Wealth Management) as he prepared for retirement.